Barefoot Events

Barefoot Events

Any course, conference, seminar, summit, or shindig that will help improve the knowledge and understanding of the wonderful beast that is the horse…

If you want to list your barefoot event here, please fill out the events form.


An Introduction to Horse Behaviour and Body Language - Justine Harrison

Date: Weds 12th September 7:30pm till 9:30pm


Justine Harrison Equine Behaviour Consultant 

Justine will be giving a talk about equine behaviour on 12th September
7:30pm till 9:30pm

She will be giving the talk at charity farm cafe 
£15 per ticket
In aid of the charity Jigsaw in Mawdesley.

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A Collaborative Approach to Soundness - BFBA Farrier Focus

Date: Sat 15th - Sun 16th September 2018

The Forge, National Agricultural Centre Stoneleigh Park

Two days of talks by farriers, vets and paraprofessionals who will give a varied approach to soundness as well as an insight into their world and how they deal with day-to-day issues.

30-minute talks with up to 15 minutes for questions and then a 15-minute break between speakers.

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Conditions affecting Equine Performance - B&W Equine Vets

Date: Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM 

Frome, Somerset

Just like humans, horses can suffer from a multitude of conditions which may affect their performance at any level. In this discussion, Alasdair and Jo take us through some of the more common problems, both orthopaedic and medical, and explain what can be done to help prevent and treat them.
This event is free to attend but places are limited, so please call our Failand Clinic on 01275 392956 or email to reserve a place. All welcome.

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Study Wild Horses in Spain - Lucy Rees

Date: Wednesday, September 26 - Wednesday 3rd October 


This unique project was set up by ethologist and trainer Lucy Rees to promote the study of equine ethology in Europe through direct observation of a feral herd living in completely natural conditions. We offer this facility to non--invasive research projects, to Equine Science students and veterinarians, to colleges and schools, and to those interested in natural horse behaviour and welfare.

They include:

  • Theory sessions on basic ethological principles and equine ethology
  • Observation and identification of behaviours (the ethogram)
  • Data collection methods and analysis
  • The opportunity to plan and carry out a pilot study designed to answer a particular question.

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Seminar for Coaches and Riders - Gillian Higgins

Date: Saturday 29th September 2018 


This day seminar is suitable for horse owners, riders, coaches and those following a BHS or UKCC programme.


The seminar will look at practical aspects of riding and training horses from the anatomical perspective. Using live painted horses at various stages of their careers, Gillian will introduce and demonstrate numerous progressive in hand and ridden exercises to improve posture, performance, suppleness and strength. Fully understanding the principles of how the horse works from the inside out will allow you to train more sympathetically and can help reduce the risk of injury. An amazing day not to be missed.

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Horse Anatomy Course - Towcester Vets

Date: Saturday, September 29th at 10 AM - 4 PM 

Towcester, Northamptonshire

We spend a fortune on feeding our horses, and hours picking up droppings... but do you really know how the horses digestive system actually works?

Worry that your horse could be at risk of gastric ulcers? 
Want to feel confident about colic? Recommendations for caring for a horse with colic have changed, is your knowledge up to date?

Has your horse, or a friend's horse ever had a tendon or ligament injury? Did you know where that tendon was or how it actually worked?

Would you like to understand more about your horse's back and kissing spines?

What if you could learn more about your horse's anatomy to understand exactly what goes where in your horse and the common conditions and injuries that occur? What if you could update your knowledge with training that you could trust from a vet? You could avoid unnecessary vets bill and make better decisions for your horse.

On our one day training day with a qualified vet you will find out how to care and manage your horse better to help you prevent diseases such as gastric ulcers, colic and soft tissue injuries.

Join us at Towcester Vets practice just 20 minutes outside Milton Keynes for the course running 10-4pm. Lunch and all refreshments are included

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Equine Behaviour Forum Scientific Seminar - Judith Turner

Date: Saturday, September 29th at 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Myerscough College, Preston


Rachel Bedingfield from Connection Training will be continuing our exploration of emotion with a talk amplifying the work of Jaak Panksepp and other neuroscientists along with equine ethology and expression of emotions. She will go on to show the relevance of this to helping your horse to feel calm, happy and playful whilst learning.

Dr Andrew Hemmings, Principal Lecturer in Animal Science, head of Academic Centre- Equine Management and Science Royal Agricultural University Cirencester, will talk about a strategic approach to training and management using behavioural indicators of brain activity.

Justine Harrison will be talking about her experiences as an Equine Behaviourist. Justine is a fully certified member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) and an Accredited Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. 

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Holistic Horse Health Day - Starlight Equine

Date: Sunday, September 30th at 10:15 AM - 4:30 PM

Buckland, Faringdon

Laura Ward on Learning and Emotions in Horse Training

Sue Falber on Bach Flower Remedies explored for you and your horse

Auriane Hurtes on Feeding for Optimal Health

Sara Udal on Saddle Fit for Peak Performance

Babette Tegldal on Getting to know your horses' musculature and monitoring for health

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One Day Biomechanics Course - Centaur Biomechanics

Date: Sunday, September 30th 2018

Moreton Morrell

​An introductory course covering aspects to do with horse locomotion and horse-rider interaction - open to anyone who wants to learn more about equine biomechanics.

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Equine Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation - Royal Veterinary College

Date: Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 PM - 9 PM 

Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Learn the latest techniques in rehabilitation

Discover how you can manage your horse to successfully return to competition without jeopardising their long term health

Equine Sports Medicine injuries are the plaque of any competitive rider. This lecture is designed to give you great insights into this interesting area.
RVC equine surgeon Dr Melanie Perrier has extensive international experience and a wealth of knowledge on how to keep the equine athlete in tip-top form.

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Date: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018 

Brooksby Equestrian Centre, Leicestershire

This course will look at practical aspects of applied biomechanics and anatomical principles of movement related to the horse. It will take  an in depth look at the structure and function of the equine body and relate it to way of going. The course is illustrated with wonderful slow motion video of painted horses showing exactly what is happening under the skin. There will be plenty of discussion and hands on participation. The course is a mix of theory and practical observation.

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Horses Inside Out Series - Not Quite Right? - BHS

Date: Wednesday, October 10 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM 


How to recognise when your horse is not quite right and what to do about it. Gillian Higgins (BSC equine, BHS Senior Coach, Sports and Remedial Therapist, Rider, Anatomist, Biomechanist, Anatomical artist and Author) leads HORSES INSIDE OUT, internationally recognised as a leading provider of equine education incorporating the most recent scientific developments with the most tried and tested traditional methods. Slow motion video footage allows the audience to see in detail and understand what is happening as the horse moves.

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2018 Equine Sports Science Seminar - Centaur Biomechanics

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018 

Hartpury College, Gloucester

Our annual equine sports science seminar facilitates the sharing of some of the latest evidence and research currently within equine sports science and medicine. This seminar provides some of the latest thinking and approaches associated with the management of the horse from a veterinary, therapy and performance perspective. Previously, the seminar has welcomed world leading researchers Prof. Renate Weller, Dr Richard Coombes and Prof Hilary Clayton and has attracted delegates from all over the world. This year’s seminar welcomes two world renowned researchers Prof. Lars Roepstorff and Dr. Rachel Murray, who will be giving an array of presentations on areas which are topical within the industry.

This year’s seminar is of interest to veterinarians, therapists, farriers, horse owners and those who are interested in furthering their knowledge, equipping themselves with some of the latest research in order to optimise best practice.

Prof. Lars Roepstorff will be discussing;

  • How surface properties affect the horse
  • Measure lameness and gait quality – how do you do that?
  • Future possibilities in objective analysis of sports performance
  • What are the athletic requirements of riders and how to train them?


Dr. Rachel Murray will be discussing;

  • Updates on proximal suspensory desmopathy and proximal metacarpal/proximal metatarsal pain.
  • Muscle development for rehabilitation and performance: what are the options?
  • Repetitive overload injuries in different sports: how do we prevent them?


It is going to be an informative day discussing some of the latest research which can be applied to your everyday practise. 

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Two Day Biomechanics Course - Centaur Biomechanics

Date: Sat 20th - Sun 21st October 2018

Moreton Morrell

Interactive talks and practicals covering an array of topics from conformation , anatomy, training aids, farriery, dressage & jumping mechanics, locomotion and research projects looking at the effect that saddles, girths and bridles have on locomotion as well as our new projects looking at the horse-rider system and the effect that the rider has on the horse, A great two days designed to give you an insight in to the world of biomechanics and provide you with tips on how to improve welfare, soundness and performance in horse and rider

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Equiculture talk - Jane Myers

Date: Monday, October 22nd at 11 AM - 2 PM

Chichester, Sussex

​EQUICULTURE Talk with Stuart and Jane Myers MSc (Equine) (international speakers on the subject of Sustainable Horse Keeping).

THE TALK: This talk is for all levels of horse owners. Including owners that keep their horse/s on their own land and at livery. It is about how you can make small or large changes in horse management that both improve your horse’s ‘lifestyle’ and in turn, your lifestyle. A true win-win situation.

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Factors affecting performance - Scottish Equine Education Seminar

Date: Saturday, October 27 at 9 AM - 5 PM

Birnam, Perth And Kinross,

​​A whole horse discussion - Aimed at all equine professionals, competitive riders and owners.

£65 inc. lunch

Theme: 'Factors affecting performance' kindly sponsored by Stromsholm farriery supplies.

Speakers: Dr David Marlin - on 'Nutrition' and 'Training'
Russell Guire (Centaur Biomechanics) - on 'Tack' and 'Riders'
Sarah Logie FWCF - on 'Hoof trimming and shoeing'
Graham Hunter MRCVS- on 'Lameness location'

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3 Day Laminitis Workshop - Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry

Date: Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th November

Sevenoaks, Kent

​​​Has it been said that your horse has had laminitis? Are you dealing with laminitis right now? Living with the day to day fear that goes with caring for a horse diagnosed with laminitis can be very distressing. The goal of this course is to help in easing the confusion, frustration, and fear. The information shared in this workshop is meant to separate fact from myth.

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Hoof Care For Horse Owners - Amy Mitchell (DAEP MEPA)

Date: Saturday November 3rd 2018 

Besthorpe, near Newark. Nottinghamshire

A day to help horse owners better understand their horses feet and what impacts them.

I am a fully qualified Equine Podiatrist and member of the Equine Podiatry Association.

Lunch included. Spaces strictly limited.

* What constitutes a healthy hoof and what does not!
* How should a healthy hoof function?
* What factors impact on hoof health?
* How do horses digest their food and how does this impact hoof health?
* Problems to look out for.

* Taking a digital pulse
* Applying a poultice that will stay on!
* Assessing and monitoring body condition
* A chance to look round a track system and see how it benefits barefoot horses.

 Cost: £50 per person. Spaces confirmed upon receipt of payment

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Brain, Pain or Training? What is your horse saying? - BHS

Date: Tuesday, November 6th 

Rodbaston College, Stafford

Sue Palmer has spent the past 30 years working in the equestrian industry. From working as a behaviourist to training as a physiotherapist and gaining her Stage 3 in Complete Horsemanship (BHSAI) she has immersed herself in developing her understanding of the horse.  She is passionate about ensuring that more people understand that your horse can only communicate pain and discomfort through his behaviour.

Does your horse put his ears back when you do up his girth? Is he easier to ride on one rein than the other? Would you like to understand why?

Brain, pain or training provides a framework for you to work out why your horse is doing what he is  So that you can respond accordingly and build a better relationship with your horse.

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Pilates for Horses - BHS

Date: Monday, December 3 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM 


Horses Inside Out series, the subject for December is, Pilates for Horses In-hand exercises for core stability, flexibility, coordination and posture. Gillian Higgins (BSC equine, BHS Senior Coach, Sports and Remedial Therapist, Rider, Anatomist, Biomechanist, Anatomical artist and Author) leads HORSES INSIDE OUT, internationally recognised as a leading provider of equine education incorporating the most recent scientific developments with the most tried and tested traditional methods. Slow motion video footage allows the audience to see in detail and understand what is happening as the horse moves.

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Equine anatomy interactive workshop - Royal Veterinary College

Date: Wednesday, December 5 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Have you felt inside your horse’s mouth?
Do you know what a superficial digital flexor tendon looks like?
Have you looked deep into your horse’s eyes?
Where is the navicular bursa?

An interactive, multi-station work shop will allow you to see what makes your horse tick. From a jump to a piaffe to a gallop; you will be amazed at the intricate design and function of the structures that allow a horse to move. The RVC Equine team will take you on a fascinating journey into your horse’s anatomy – you may never look at your horse in quite the same way again!

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Dissection Workshops - Horses Inside Out

Date: Sat 8th - Mon 10th December 2018

Hartpury Equine College Gloucester

Saturday 8th December 2018:The Back
Sunday 9th December 2018: The Head and Neck
Monday 10th December 2018: The Limbs

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Practical hoof trimming experience  - Nick Hill and Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS

Date: By Arrangement


Whether you are a horse owner, a barefoot hoof trimmer, a veterinary professional, a farrier or are simply working with horses on a regular basis, you would have already come across different aspects of hoof care. Maybe you know a little bit but would like to expand your knowledge or maybe you work with horses’ hooves on a regular basis but would like to experience something different and gain more practice.

We don’t sell books, videos, equipment or horse feeds. We are all about gaining practical experience and skills in barefoot hoof trimming that you could use with your own horses or with your client’s equines. We discuss ideas and opinions openly. For us there could be no silly questions.

We are a team of a natural hoof care practitioner (Nick Hill) and an equine orientated veterinary surgeon (Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS) that is based in Bulgaria. We work with horses, donkeys and mules on a daily basis providing medical treatment, dietary advice and hoof trimming.

What could you expect? The practical travelling and learning experience is reserved for those, who have already gained some experience in hoof trimming and natural hoof care but would like to find out more about some pathological conditions of the hoof and how to practically tackle them. You will be travelling with us on our rounds around Bulgaria, during which we examine, treat and trim horses’ hooves. You will see everything from straight forward trimming cases to pathologically deformed hooves. We will walk you through the process of bringing the equine back to equilibrium through treatment, diet, environmental changes and barefoot trimming. Amongst the regular clients there are always emergency cases that need our help, which you will be able to see and assess with us.

How it works We can take on one or two students at a time. We feel it is important for our clients and their horses that they have our undivided attention but also for our students to experience an atmosphere of learning where hands on is part of the training. You could spend between 3 and 7 days with us on the ground with 2 travel days. We will be travelling extensively around Bulgaria, spending each day in a different area of the country. The price includes three meals per day (all dietary requirements catered for) and accommodation. Travelling is done by car. Students pay for their own flight tickets to Bulgaria.

If you are less experienced We could also offer short courses for up to two people where we would introduce you to the basis of natural hoof care, expanding on anatomy, physiology, digestion and diet, environmental conditions and horse care. These days will be tailored to your individual needs. While still practical in nature, this type of training will involve much less travelling and will be mostly based around the ancient city of Veliko Tarnovo – the old capital of Bulgaria.

Please feel free to contact us for more information and prices. Dates for the rounds around the country are loosely set until the rest of the year.

Contact Nick